Greek court rejects Turkey’s extradition request


A Greek court rejected on Wednesday Turkey’s request for the extradition of one of nine suspected Turkish militants  arrested in Athens ahead of an official visit by Turkey’s president late last year.

The court rejected the request on the grounds that Halaz Secer’s life could be in danger if returned to Turkey. The court also ruled that some of the offenses against Sever, including participating in protests and making banners, were not crimes. 

Secer was allegedly linked to the left-wing Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, which Turkey, the United States and the European Union consider a terrorist organisation. 

The Greek Court of Appeals has also ruled the same way for two additional members of the same organisation within the last month. No decision has yet been made about the six remaining members of the group.

Greece has also rejected the extradition of eight soldiers allegedly linked to the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of orchestrating the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

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